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Being a shotgun coach, an instructor and a mother

Mhairi-Ann Troup target shooting rifle 243 Mannlicher Pro Varmit

Mhairi-Ann Troup is a shooting instructor, CPSA (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association) safety officer and competitive shot, and mother of two boys. Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, she is now based in West Sussex, UK, and won the CPSA coach of the year 2016 award. Mhairi-Ann is avidly committed to coaching shotgun shooting, and developing people within the sport, with a focus on working with youngsters.

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Mhairi-Ann’s drive and determination make her outstanding Ambassador for shooting sports. As an independent shotgun coach, she thrives on working outdoors, and you’ll typically find her working with shooting clients at her local clay ground, the Southdown Gun Club and Shooting School.

Mhairi-Ann Troup coaching birmingham lady football team.
Mhairi-Ann coaching Birmingham ladies football team.


“I always turn up with a smile, and dress smart. I get a huge buzz in working with clients, teaching them, seeing them hitting targets and their faces lighting up! Their wide beaming smiles say it all, and they want to come back for more.

It makes me feel very proud to teach people, especially youngsters, to shoot safely, and to shoot well.”

A young champion

Mhairi-Ann comes from a shooting family, and was knocking down targets with an air rifle with her gran in the woods behind the house when she was only eight years old. She started entering and wining low key air rifle shooting competitions, then her dad introduced her to a 12-bore shotgun. 

CPSA coach Mhairi-Ann Troup
CPSA coach Mhairi-Ann Troup.

Mhairi-Ann continued winning competitions, including Ladies High Gun and this gave her ‘a hunger for shooting competitively’. Her brother Scott, taught her to shoot his .243 Mannlicher Pro Varmit.

When she was an Air Hostess, her employer, British Airways, sponsored her. “I was really involved in shooting, so much so, I’d step off a flight then get straight into my shooting gear to go shooting.” She continued to win numerous competitions at county level, including triple gold ladies trap.

Mhairi-Ann Tropu son shooting under her instruction.
Mhairi-Ann son, Rex, shooting under her instruction.

When Mhairi-Ann was 7 months pregnant with her first son, she won the Skeet Ladies Championship, Cheshire. After raising her two boys, Rex age 12, and Hartley age 7, she wanted to put something back into shooting and trained as a CPSA safety officer. After a long spell of being away shooting competitively Mhairi- Ann turned up at the Southeast All Round Championship (Ladies Trap, Sporting, Skeet and ABT) and won. “I didn’t feel any pressure, and was relaxed. It was bizarre, targets you’d normally see like dots, I was seeing them as if they were the size of dustbin lids!”

Shooting instructor Mhairi-Ann Troup coaching starshots group
Mhairi-Ann coaching starshots group.

Her two shooting mentors are her dad, and Paul Dancer, former CPSA coach of the year 2013. "Having the right people around you makes all the difference.” In September, Mhairi- Ann worked alongside Paul and another coach at the Lea Martson shooting club on a team building day with Birmingham city ladies football team.


Who is our author Linda Mellor?


Linda Mellor is one of Scotland’s foremost shooting, fishing and hunting female writers and photographers. She is the product Ambassador for Venator Pro, a premier hunting company and stockist of the European brand Hillman. With a lifetime of countryside experience, Linda’s passion, enthusiasm and respect for the outdoors and hunting is explored and shared across her writing and photography. 


For more information on Linda Mellor, please visit Linda Mellor's website, Twitter (LindaMellor) and instagram (linda_mellor).

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